Critchley hits back after reports he faces sack by QPR

Neil Critchley has hit back at his critics by insisting he takes no notice of speculation over his future and that he can turn things around at QPR.

Critchley has presided over just one win since taking over as head coach at Loftus Road following the departure of Michael Beale.

There has been speculation this week that Critchley might lose his job, with rumours on social media that he had been sacked.

But he told West London Sport: “It’s not something I’m aware of. I don’t look at it.

“I concentrate on what I can control, which is the team, our performances and looking towards the next game.”

Rangers’ terrible run, which started under Beale, has seen them drop from top of the Championship to 17th in the table.

Critchley added: “I understand the situation that we’re in. I understand that we need to improve results, so that’s my immediate focus.

“It’s a tough moment and the players are feeling it. They need to feel my support. I just see it as an opportunity to learn and get better.

“If you’re in this business and plan to be for a long period of time – which I do, because I love what I do and love coaching and working with players – then you’re going to have these moments.

“It’s important how you respond in these moments. They can determine your future.”